Since posters in Abul Fazal Enclave surfaced about the Uttar Pradesh Government handing over land for a new graveyard in the locality, residents have been talking about it with some terming it political stunt and many appreciating the move.
In this background, another question that several residents are asking: What do we want in Okhla, a deprived locality: land for graveyard, Central School or hospital? With population explosion in the locality Jamia Nagar lacks many things, including quality school and hospital and of course space for graveyard. Thanks to builders open space in the locality is rare as flats have come up everywhere with little or no facilities.
And with large number of people remaining here, there is urgent need for quality school with most private schools being run from flats and being claustrophobic, residents look outside to send their children. Had there been Kendriya Vidalaya in the locality residents would have been saved from sending their children to expensive schools in Nodia and other parts of the city, said Noushu Ali, a resident.
Residents still remember that how a few activists had started a campaign convincing authorities to open a Kendriya Vidalaya. “It was sanction but due to lack of land the school idea was cancelled,” said one resident who was active in the campaign. It is another story that the activist for his better career prospect left the campaign.
Moreover, residents lamented need for a quality hospital in the locality as there is only one Government-run dispensary in Batla House that too cannot cater to the need of the locals.
“Graveyard was need of the time but land for school and hospital is more important. A quality school is needed in the locality to shape the future of local students. People should talk about the issue as local election coming near. Pressure should be mounted on political parties to address school and hospital issues before getting support,” said Naseem.
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